continues the Plot A to Z series of posts and features just onions and potatoes.
I grow both every year and generally do well with them. I buy my onion sets and seed potatoes early in the new year at the horticultural society trading shed, which sells them loose so they can be bought by quantity or weight.
This year there were the usual onion sets Sturon which I always buy and grow, along with the red variety Red Baron which I’ve not grown before so I’m trying a few for the first time.
I like my onions to be no bigger than tennis ball size like these two Sturon, which are among the few that I’ve still got in store to use.
I grew plenty as I use them with cheese in sandwiches, fried with sausages and mash and to make onion soup.
I eat potatoes most days so grow four varieties which keep me going from August until at least March. The past couple of years I’ve grown the same ones and will be doing so again this year. They’re first earlies Vales Emerald, second earlies Charlotte and Kestrel, and main crop Desiree. At the moment they’re in the spare room chitting and, soil conditions and weather permitting, I hope to plant them out between late March and mid April.
Of these Charlottes are my favourites and I’m just about to use the last of them, leaving me with about a month’s worth of Desiree still in store. I mostly boil and mash my potatoes as it’s quick and easy, but I do also enjoy them baked, chipped and roasted.
I rotate growing both these vegetables through three areas year to year as recommended, which I’m sure helps to avoid problems.
I’ll be doing O and P (part 2 of 2) in a couple of weeks, which will mention parsnips, poppies and other things.
Edited to include this terrific O and P award with thanks to Glo (Porcelain Rose) -
Have a good weekend!
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